The Legend of the Week
Originally born Todd Bunzl in Dix Hills in Huntington Long Island on 20 December 1970, Todd Phillips is by far and away one of the most prolific and talented comedic writers, directors and producers in Hollywood today.
Barely in his teens Todd was watching comedy classics such as Animal House (1978) and Stripes (1981), which spurred him to make his first feature-length project Hated 23 in 1993.
The film took a controversial look at the insanity of the life of punk rocker G.G. Allin, but forced Phillips to drop out of NYU in New York City for lack of funds to finish both the degree and the documentary.
Phillips followed this up with Frat House which he directed aged 28, and became infamous as a documentary around frat houses and hazing. Winning the Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at Sundance in 1998, the film then became engulfed in allegations that it was partly or wholly staged. Either way, the project was fantastic.
After meeting Ivan Reitman (father of Jason Reitman) who is probably best known as having produced Ghostbusters, Phillips helmed his first narrative comedy Road Trip which starred Tom Green.
Although not a breakout success, this enabled Todd to revisit the world of frat houses when he directed Old School 3 years later and turned Will Ferrell from a Saturday Night Live regular into a full-blown film star.
Phillips had a hiccup with School for Scoundrels, a remake of the original British version which ended up being a complete critical and financial disaster. He then participated in the writing of Borat for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination and officially redeemed himself when he directed The Hangover in 2009. Budgeted at $35 million, the film ended up grossing over $480 million worldwide, and fully established Phillips as one the most bankable comedy directors in Hollywood.
He followed this up in 2010 with Due Date starring Robert Downey Jr, and then The Hangover II which grossed even more cash than the original.
The next film produced by Todd is Project X, a Warner Bros. movie about the biggest party ever hosted. Only one word can accurately describe the trail: AWESOME.
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